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Associated Press, Published December 16 2010

Frozen field antidote: Heating coils and tarp

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota says it will rely on a tarp over heating coils to warm the TCF Bank Stadium field ahead of Monday night's Vikings-Bears game.

Several players have said they're concerned about injury if the field is frozen. University officials had talked of using chemicals to soften the field, but worried it would harm the turf.

Both NFL and Vikings officials say they're confident the field will be fine.

One big job has been removing snow from the weekend blizzard that caused the Metrodome roof collapse and sent the Vikings scrambling for a new venue. School officials say they've moved 25,000 cubic yards of snow and expect to have it all gone by Friday morning.


Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.